Track Changes

Some features of Comments apply equally as well to the use of Tracked Changes (explained in the section: “Use Comments“ beginning on page 497). When discussing them both, the terms ”annotations” and/or “ancillary content” are used.

There are three essential steps to tracking changes:

1. Turn on (and off) track changes, explained in “Start tracking changes” on page 526.

2. Examine Tracked Changes, explained in “View and review tracked changes” on page 528.

3. Accept or reject the changes, explained in “Accept or reject changes made” on page 539.

The Track Changes Interface 522

The Track Changes commands on the Tools menu 522

The Track Changes tools on the Toolbar 522

The Track Changes Sidebar 522

The Tracked Change windoid 525

The Tracked Change icon in the margin 525

The Tracked Changes related tags on the Status Bar 526

Start tracking changes 526

View and review tracked changes 528

Accept or reject changes made 539

Using Track Changes Nisus Writer Pro can monitor the alterations made to any text. These alterations can include:

additions to the text (including footnotes and/or endnotes as well as text in them)

deletions from the text

alterations of particular words (such as spelling corrections)

formatting of words and paragraphs (indicating the formatting change made)

insertion of

inline images


cross-references (but not bookmarks)

merge placeholders

embedded hyperlinks (showing the URL in the Tracked Changes sidebar)

page, column and section breaks

all kinds of automatic text

marking for indexing (and to which index, if more than one exists) and table of contents (as well as to which table of contents, if more than one exists, and its level)

text in text or callout boxes

Tracking changes ignores:

page setup


column modifications

insertion and modification of floating shapes

headers and/or footers


Nisus Writer Pro does not monitor any changes to floating shapes, or modifications to inline images (other than to note that they have been added to your document).

Nisus Writer Pro saves the state of whether or not Track Changes is on or off. When a document is opened by another user after having been saved with Track Changes on and begins to edit it, all those changes are tracked, unless the other user turns off Track Changes first.

Had she been alive to enjoy the use of a personal computer, Anna Sewell would have likely written a near-final draft of her novel Black Beauty and then sent it off to Jarrold Publishing which would have one of its editors review the text with track changes turned on. The following instructions use her fabricated, fictional experience as an example.

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